Six on Saturday: A Thing of Beauty…

…is a joy forever, and although all of these beauties will fade and die in due course I am safe in the knowledge that they will return again and again, like the good friends that they are. The garden is full of beautiful friends at present, many of them roses, and I could fill my Six on Saturday quota many times with only them, but shall resist the temptation. We do, however, have Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ above, photographed for the striking shade of pink she is; sadly, this is not evident in the result!

I have spent many minutes on my rambles in front of this archway with floriferous R ‘Strawberry Hill’ below, and staring out of the window at R ‘Rural England’ below that, climbing into the apple trees next to the sitooterie, almost overwhelming in their abundance:

Moving away from roses we have some other pink froth Peony, ‘Sarah Bernhardt, flowering for the first time in many years. This was one of the very few plants in the garden when we came, although I can’t remember where it was originally planted, although like everything else it will have been somewhere odd. Together with a Geranium magnificum, originating from my parent’s last house, it featured in one of the first digital photographs I ever took, back in 2003, and eventually became my gravatar and the header on this blog. It was moved from the border I first replanted it in to the shrub border in 2014, since when it has sulked. However, efforts to remove it failed, and its persistence has finally paid off with half a dozen blooms. Having learned in recent years that peonies have a fragrance I must remember to have a sniff of this before the blooms are over!

A tactile as well as visual beauty are these glorious seedheads of Clematis koreana ‘Amber’:

Finally, new to me this year are Shirley poppies, grown from seed – isn’t this one pretty? I am hoping she seeds around and perhaps other bloggers can confirm if this is likely. As an added bonus to my six, there was a bee enjoying the adjacent astrantia when I photographed the poppy, one of our bird box tree bee residents, I think. Hopefully our host for this meme, Jon the Propagator, will excuse this bonus image.

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26 Responses to Six on Saturday: A Thing of Beauty…

  1. Diana Studer says:

    Astrantia has dizzying geometry.

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your roses are swoon-worthy, Cathy! They really are gorgeous.

  3. Heyjude says:

    Bonus bees are always welcome. Your roses are stupendous! And I like the Shirley poppy – an annual?

  4. Kris P says:

    I’d love to have roses like that, Cathy. As to the Astantia, that seems to be a pipe dream as I’ve killed the plants twice. Although my western garden guide claims Astrantia can be grown here, I’ve never seen the plants in any local garden nor come across them for sale locally (those I tried came via mail order).

  5. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous! Nothing is as lovely as June roses. Yours are fabulous. I’ve never grown Shirley poppies, I don’t know why as I love poppies. I’m glad you added the bonus astrantia, it’s lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Aren’t they just? 😊 And Rural England and Strawberry Hill have exceeded any expectations I might have had

  6. Anna says:

    Beautiful roses Cathy. I’m sure that they will delight your garden visitors this week. I’ve not grown Shirley poppies but imagine like others in their sisterhood that they will self-seed πŸ˜‚ Beautiful photo of astrantia and bee visitor.

  7. A lovely assortment. It’s so easy to come up with 6 stunners in June isn’t it?

  8. Paddy Tobin says:

    I visited Lismore Castle Gardens, Co. Waterford, yesterday and was very taken by the Shirley poppies – and the excellent roses!

  9. Pauline says:

    Your roses are amazing, it is a wonderful time for them at the moment. Not all peonies have a perfume, hope yours does Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      I really am astonished at some of the roses, Pauline – they all but take my breath away. I have had a sniff today, and yes there is a fragrance with these!

  10. tonytomeo says:

    Six things of beauty.

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